Perry foe out at key commission. Is he inching closer to a congressional run?

Rob Powelson, an opponent of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's Power Plan, plants his feet firmly back in Pennsylvania.

Last month, Resurgent Insider reported that Rob Powelson, a Republican member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and a leading opponent of Energy Secretary Rick Perry's Power Plan, was potentially gearing up for a run for Congress.

Lo and behold, it turns out that right before the week of Independence Day, when half of the political world was offline barbecuing and not reading political news, Powelson resigned from FERC to take a cushy job that allows him to stay firmly planted in Pennsylvania, better setting him up for said contemplated congressional run. Politico:

FERC Commissioner Rob Powelson shocked the energy world Thursday night when he announced he will leave the agency to lead a trade association for water utilities. Powelson, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, was one of the agency's fiercest critics of the administration's efforts to bail out struggling coal and nuclear power plants, but he told Pro's Darius Dixon that policy disagreements had nothing to do with his decision. He said he simply couldn't pass up the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a great job as CEO of the National Association of Water Companies that would allow him to nix the commute to Washington from his home near Philadelphia.

Powelson sounds like he'll make criticism of the Perry Plan a key focus in his new role, too. "I'm free to speak my mind now more than ever. And as a Philly boy, I will let it fly," Powelson told Politico. What better way to position as a Republican in an "environmentally-friendly" part of the Keystone State?

Powelson's departure may present a better chance for the Perry Plan making headway, however. President Trump is now free to nominate a more favorably disposed commissioner, who could enable the Commission to finally sign off on the plan. However, such a nominee will face Senate confirmation, which will be challenging with an impending Supreme Court Justice nomination fight.

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Jules** et al, thank you very much for your help in illustrating the mindset of the Left.

We can talk about the way the Left handles being confronted, how they Left reverts to attacks and insults when thwarted, how the Left can't handle open discourse and tries to shout it down or shut it down. We can offer example after example, taken from the news.

But nothing is more effective than seeing it in action. Your spoofing of my screen name to hide behind as you exhibit your own degeneracy is really enlightening----it not only shows how much open discourse threatens you, it offers a vivid, if unwelcome, peek into your truly disturbed mind. The first is illustrative of the way the Left has to handle discourse, the second merely confirms the perceptions of your sexuality and general morality that you have conveyed.

Remember, after you repeatedly identified me as a man you also repeatedly begged me to fellate you, in gross detail. The rest of your posts show similar obsessions. But that's just your pathology.

I'm talking about your fear of conflicting opinions expressed in ways you can't handle And you admit, through your hijacking of my screen name, that your only recourse is to try to shut me down.

This blog is Erick's baby, so I guess all we can do is sit back and see how much he values it----if he likes having it a forum for open and respectful discourse or if he is happy to have it taken over by vulgar blog vandals intent on driving off the rational posters and taking over the forum as their own territory, where only fellow travelers are welcome.